Haddonfield Crew Team Wins Three Gold Medals in the First Annual Steven Neczypor Memorial Regatta
Saturday, April 5, 2014 – Pennsauken, New Jersey The Haddonfield Crew team placed first in three races at the first annual Steven Neczypor Memorial Regatta, held at the Cooper River on Saturday, April 5.
The Mens Novice 4+ boat finished first among six boats in the 2000 meter race, with a time of 7:21:82. The boat included Haddonfield High School freshmen boys Zack Ruggiero, Alex Fisher, Lachlan Mersky and Alex Sperandio, as well as sophomore coxswain Allison Sparrow. The Mens JV 8+ boat finished first among five boats, with a time of 4:39:83. The boat included Paul Hurd, Jonathan Dye, Max Levin, Luke Small, Louis Epstein, James O’Brien, Colin George and Tanner Reese, as well as coxswain Owen Hart. The Womens JV 4+ boat finished first among four boats, with a time of 6:43:62. The boat included Natalie Zucca, Cassidy Webb, Katie Montegna and Valerie Fanelle, with coxswain Emma Tranfalia.
The Haddonfield Crew Club recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary, having begun in 2003. The Club is 60 members strong and continues to grow each year. The team will be competing in the Cooper Cup in late April and in the Stotesbury Regatta in mid May. The Stotesbury Cup is held on the Schuylkill River and is the largest high school regatta in the world.
The Steven Neczypor Memorial Regatta was held for the first time this year as a tribute to the late Steven Neczypor, a local rowing enthusiast. Steven’s son organized the regatta in honor of his father’s commitment to rowing in the Philadelphia region. Neczypor was instrumental in the founding of the Father Judge rowing program and in the revitalization of the Crescent Rowing Club on boathouse row on the Schuylkill.